Your daily commute to university can easily be made sustainable: The University of Bern is situated in the immediate vicinity of the main train station and you can easily get around the university by public transport, on foot or by bike.
Public transport is an environmentally friendly and often also a cheap alternative to traveling in your own car. The public transport network in Bern and the surrounding areas is close-knit and well developed. You can easily commute to work on public transport and get around the university by bus, tram, on foot or by bike.
You can find out more about SBB’s offers, timetables and tickets here.
- You can also call SBB Rail Service to ask a question about the timetable, order a ticket or make a reservation, etc. Mobile solutions (text messages and apps) are also available for those on the move: SBB Mobile – an en-route timetable and ticket counter
- If you click on "Ecocalculator" in the detailed view of a chosen service on SBB’s online timetable, this will give you a personal summary of the environmental impact of your journey. It will show you the total energy consumption when traveling by train as compared with traveling by car.
Cycling is a commonly used alternative to driving or traveling by public transport. Cycling or traveling by e-bike promotes sustainable development in several ways: health is improved due to the physical activity, fewer damaging emissions are released into the atmosphere and money can be saved.
Bike station at the vonRoll area
The underground parking lot with space for 1,000 bikes is designed to give staff and students quick access to their place of work. The bike station is free to use. The neighboring lockers are managed by the bicycle repair shop. The vonRoll bicycle repair shop specializes in repairing and selling second-hand bikes.
- You can find details of more bike stations near the university here.
Bikesharing in Bern
Bikesharing has become increasingly popular across the world in recent years. From June 2018, you will be able to borrow bikes and e-bikes from fixed stations, cycle around, and return them to a different station. Switzerland’s largest bike sharing network is currently being created in the capital and will ultimately include around 200 stations with 2,400 bikes and e-bikes. Current stations can be seen here.
The bikes can be borrowed using the SwissPass and the PubliBike app. E-bikes can travel at speed of up to 25 kph. Here’s how it works.
To supplement public transport, you can use the car-sharing option offered by Mobility. Mobility provides 2,700 vehicles at 1,400 locations all over Switzerland. Thanks to the partnership between the University of Bern and Mobility Carsharing, students and employees can take advantage of special conditions.